Indian mum’s mid-air maternity well attended

August 27th, 2008 - 3:16 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Aug 27 (DPA) An Indian woman was lucky enough Wednesday to have not one but four doctors to help her deliver a baby boy on a flight between Hong Kong and Adelaide.The plane made an unscheduled landing in the far-north Australian city of Darwin early Wednesday.

“There were four of us - one surgeon, one orthopaedic surgeon, one kidney specialist and a humble GP, who was the only one who’d done very much in the way of deliveries - so I got that end,” Melbourne general practitioner Judith Hamel told the national broadcaster ABC.

“I got the operative end, one got the comforting end, the ‘breathe, breathe, breathe’ end, and the other got the looking-after-the-baby end,” she said. “I think we all had fun once we knew it was all safe.”

A spokesman for Royal Darwin Hospital said the six-week premature baby was healthy and weighed 2.7 kgs.

The baby was expected to take Indian nationality.

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